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Fresh snow for the Yukon


Snow coats a backyard deck on Friday, courtesy Linda.
Snow coats a backyard deck on Friday, courtesy Linda.

Jill Colton, staff writer

September 25, 2010 — Fall has just begun, but a shot of winter has blasted into the Yukon, bringing snowflakes.

Aiport tarmac full of snow, courtesy Michael.
Aiport tarmac full of snow, courtesy Michael.

While most of the country is starting to see the brilliant reds and yellows of autumn, the Yukon is looking at a fresh layer of white.

It snowed throughout the day in Whitehorse on Friday, and we received several photos documenting the flurries on the first day of fall.

A snowfall warning was put into effect for the city of Whitehorse, but it has since been dropped. Still, Whitehorse has seen 13 cm blanket the ground, which is a substantial amount of flakes for this time of year. Other accumulations include Burwash Airport with nine centimetres and Faro Airport with three centimetres.

Heavy snow piles up on trees in the Yukon, courtesy Janet.
Heavy snow piles up on trees in the Yukon, courtesy Janet.

“Because of the strong low pressure system moving into B.C.,and the interaction of cold air over the Yukon, snow showers are the result,” explains Brian Dillon, one of the meteorologists here at The Weather Network.

“It's not unusual for the province to see snowfall in late September,” attests Dillon. In fact, the record for extreme daily snowfall was set in 1956 when 21.6 cm blanketed Whitehorse.

Not only has it been snowy, but the city has been feeling frosty as well. Temperatures have been hovering below the zero mark in Whitehorse since Friday. Currently, a rain, snow mix is scattering the region, however, a slight warm-up is expected to take place on Saturday, with the mercury rising to the mid single digits.

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